Friday, September 2, 2011

Starting 5K Time

Yesterday morning I recorded my "beginning" 5K time for September.  I woke up not feeling at all good.  My tummy was very off.  I had a fairly tight schedule for the morning, but managed to switch a few things around and was able to delay my run by an hour.  Luckily by then I felt much better.

It was a beautiful crisp morning.  As much as I HATE/despise/loathe/detest the thought of summer coming to an end, running is the absolute best on a morning like this.  When the air is damp, there is a slight dew on the ground, and you start off with just the slightest of chills.  A thing of beauty!

I decided for these timed runs that there would be no watch stopping.  This would be a race situation.  If I need to stop or walk, the clock will keep ticking.  I also was approaching this as a race situation.  There would be no wiggle room left so that I could allow for improvement at the end of the month.  I was going all out with a best effort.  If I can't improve by the end of the month then I can't improve, but I didn't want to fool myself into thinking there was improvement, so it was all or nothing.

Gotta say ... I kinda shocked myself.  It was an INCREDIBLE run.  I have not had a run like this in quite some time.

My initial time for the Cardio Challenge 
for 5K was 26:32 - 8:34 pace

I have not hit that pace over ANY distance yet this year.  In fact, I have not hit better than that pace on a straight through run (i.e. no watch stopping) since October last year.

I am SOOOO happy!

Of course this will make it a little harder to get the amount of improvement I set out.  I had wanted to improve this time by 1 minute by the end of the month.  That would put me at 25:32.  My PR over this distance is 24:53.  Can't say I have a ton of confidence, but I'm going to give it my all and try.  When I decided upon that 1 minute improvement goal I figured it would take me somewhere between 28-29 minutes.  I figured my "improved" time would be 27 or better.  So yeah, I'm a little shocked, but very, VERY happy!

This weekend I'll be setting my 10K time.

I want to send out best wishes to my blogging buddy MARCELLE who is running her VERY first half marathon this weekend, and I believe just her 2nd race ever.  AWESOME!  She is going to smoke it and I'm so proud of her.  Good luck Marcelle!



kimert said...

That is amazing!!!

I'm going to join your challenge. I just have to find the time (hopefully tomorrow) to sit and gety everything down before adding the details to my blog! :)

Marcelle said...

Firstly, YOUR 5KM TIME ROCKED!!!!! SHEW what a time, as you know I did my best ever 5km time the other day and I nearly died, so I know what pace you were going to get that time...MY RUNNING QUEEN IS BACK!!!

Marcelle said...

Oh that went without me finishing :)

Thanks so much for the special message, I'm feeling excited about Sunday, and trying not to stress about a time.
Hear on the radio 2 700 people have registered already and more are welcome on the day...lots of live music a long the way, so really looking forward to that as my first race was pretty boring with people and the start and finish only., hoping for a lot more atmosphere this time.
will FB after the race!!

kimert said...

I couldn't find a place to email you back..haha

and my running blog is here now...

And good luck tomorrow, Marcelle!!!

Marlene said...

Ohhh I love those crisp mornings! Can't wait for fall!

AWESOME job on your 5K time trial. No doubt there will be a big improvement this month, too!

Fran said...

I'm so happy for you too! I eat your dust at a 5K race with that pace of yours :) Oh well in that case you will be at the finish line cheering for me :)

Absolutely fantastic run Heidi, it must have given your running confidence a major boost.

chillyinchina said...

Woohoo! That is an awesome time!!! It is interesting picking goals before vs. after you run the distance you chose. I hadn't considered picking before because I was thinking of goals in terms of total time, like a 25 minute 5K, not in terms of reducing whatever time by a certain amount. But they both seem to make sense.

Syl said...

wow! look who's back ;-)

Lynsey said...

Holy cat fish! That's a great time! Good for you.

Missy said...

Great starting time!!! That is amazing!

nikkianne said...

Awesome 5k time! :)

Also, not sure if you got my message, but my email is 063619o (at) for the Action Challenge!

Summer Jo said...

Your time was awesome! I need to read deeper into your blog and see how you have improved your time so well - I'm stuck at 28 minutes!!

I have an online running community for moms and would love for you to come and check it out!!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Oh my goodness! Now THAT's a 5k finish time! Way to go!!!!! I know you are beyond proud of yourself.